The bill for the twenty-second constitutional amendment, which repeals the twentieth constitutional amendment while incorporating the positive clauses of the nineteenth constitutional amendment, will be submitted to parliament on 27th,
According to parliamentary rules, the bill can be discussed again a week after the first reading (assuming it is not challenged in the Supreme Court).In addition, the cabinet recently approved the bill for the twenty-second constitutional amendment. The bill was then published in a gazette on June 24th.
It is noteworthy that the ability of a dual citizen to participate in governance activities has been restricted by this constitutional amendment bill.In addition, the amendment states that a Sri Lankan citizen who is also a citizen of another country should not be elected to Parliament by popular vote.
It also states that the Prime Minister is ineligible to hold his position if he resigns by sending a letter to the President with his own signature or if he is no longer a member of Parliament.According to the twenty-second constitutional amendment, the Prime Minister will remain in office as long as the Cabinet is in operation.
It also states that if the President believes that Parliament has lost confidence in the Prime Minister between the effective date of this Act and the date on which Parliament is to be dissolved, the Prime Minister may be removed from office.It is also stated that the President must consult with the Prime Minister before making any appointments, assigning or changing subjects or tasks.
It is stated that a minister can be removed by a letter sent under the President’s signature on the advice of the Prime Minister, and any minister can resign from office by a letter sent to the President with his signature.The constitutional amendment also states that he or she will lose the position of non-cabinet minister or deputy minister if he or she is not a member of parliament.
In response to a question from our ruling party’s chief organizer, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, he stated that President Ranil Wickramasinghe has directed him to submit the twenty-second constitutional amendment to Parliament.
As a result, he stated that the draft bill would be placed on the parliamentary agenda.